“Lines on Joe Locke” was a short, two stanza poem written to make fun of a commanding officer during Edgar Allan Poe’s time at West Point. Lieutenant Locke was either generally not well-liked, or Edgar Allan Poe had a more personal vendetta with him.
For the most part this short story is pretty decent, it okay and nothing more than that. There were stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe which were better and there were stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe which were worse.
The writing style is pretty much on level with Edgar Allan Poe, which for these of you which don’t know what I mean then just know that the writing style is amazing. But when you compare it with some other short stories or poems from Edgar Allan Poe you will see that he was able to do a better job.
However this one didn’t fully make sense to me, and I needed to read it multiple times to even understand it.
But I appreciate that this short story was sort of written to mock the commanding officer during Edgar Allan Poe’s time at West Point. So you can fully expect some fun verses and lines in this one which will make you giggle and laugh.
I give this poem 3 / 5